Youth invited to hand in weapons

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23 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – Youth in five municipalities will be able to turn in weapons at school and bars or clubs in May without fear of penalties for possession.

23 March 2007


AMSTERDAM – Youth in five municipalities will be able to turn in weapons at school and bars or clubs in May without fear of penalties for possession.

The collection campaign in The Hague, Den Helder, Tilburg, Castricum and Cuijk will be linked with an information campaign aimed at reducing weapon use among young people. A spokesperson from the ministry of justice announced this today, in confirmation of a report in the Telegraaf.

The union of education workers (AOb) and the association for the hospitality industry are positive about the plan.

"Most of the young people who carry a weapon to school do so out of fear. It is precisely these scared kids that can be convinced by this kind of campaign," said AOb chairman Walter Dresscher.

Dresscher said that young people must be able to turn over weapons at police stations as well. "Young people who have weapons at home but don't generally take them with them should not be encouraged to take them to school. That is almost provocation."

The action will be a trial. If it proves successful there could be a national collection campaign this autumn. The last such campaign was seven years ago, when adults were allowed to take part as well. That resulted in about 3,800 firearms being turned in.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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